This presentation gives an overview of the events that make up my story. My name is Sarah Sanchez, but Sally is a nickname for Sarah and that is what my family calls me. I was born and raised in Michigan.
A wonderful childhood established my pedagogy for teaching and parenting. I had some pretty amazing parents. My father was an English professor and my mother was the valedictorian of her class, a school teacher and a wonderful learning facilitator to her seven children. My parents bought a farm “to raise children.” It cost $14,000. Dad practiced Just-in-Time (JiTT) [Learning] to keep up with maintaining the place. The dairy farm became our forty-acre playground, two miles east of Lake Michigan. Our neighbors extended an open invitation to use their private beach–it felt like it was ours. The farm included a great sliding hill to the north, an inexhaustible woods with a trout stream to the east, the sand mountains and a valley filled with treasures to the south (an old gravel pit and a farmer’s dump) and acres upon acres of fruit trees to the west. We had to walk a quarter mile west to catch the bus; it was a very satisfying trek in the early fall! At mom’s request, Dad brought home the end rolls of newsprint so that we could draw endlessly and a 30-gallon trash can of clay so we could sculpt lavishly. We had a piano and took music lessons. There was a woodworking shop in the basement, and dad taught us how to use and care for each tool. A box of scrap wood was available to us and we fashioned everything from wooden pistols to furniture at that workbench. Dad set up a darkroom where I spent hours developing film. We had one car and no TV. We had indoor plumbing, but no shower. Dad always read to us after dinner (the Red Badge of Courage, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Johnny Tremain) while we illustrated the stories. Sometimes we would fall asleep listening to them sing “Fairest Lord Jesus.” Other times we would wake up to masterfully painted canvases—I was awed by them. Mom and dad took French lessons for a while, and sang in the community choir together. My parents were wonderful teachers and I have endless memories of growing up with three brothers and three sisters. I’ll add a hotspot with photos of my brothers and sisters, and include a link to a site on active learning on this page, and a link to the Just in Time Teaching website. http://jittdl.physics.iupui.edu/jitt/
My parents took all seven of us kids to England for a year on a family exchange program – we traded houses and cars and jobs with an English family. We lived in Bath, an old Roman city named for the great bath houses there. I slept in a closet the British family had made into a make-shift bedroom; it was the first time I ever had a room of my own and I loved it. I was in the eighth grade - 3rd year, they called it. We wore uniforms to school - a gray pleated skirt, whit blouse, a gray, green and blue striped tie, a gray v-neck sweater, white knee socks and black shoes - every day. I learned to cook and sew and play cricket and field hockey. Sometimes I walked the ancient streets with my brother on his paper route. The car we inherited for the year was a van with wooden benches in the back, so we never traveled further than 100 miles from home! I will zoom in on the different places I have lived or visited, and include the following link: Learning2Go is a mobile learning project for students in the UK: http://www.learning2go.org /
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in education with an art major, after which I spent two years in Papua New Guinea as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Upon arriving at my site, I met missionaries from the Churches of Christ, and began studying the Bible with them. I was baptized as a Christian - in a cattle trough - about two months later. That decision changed the course of my Peace Corps experience as well as my life. During my first year of service, I worked at the Wau Ecology Institute as a botanical illustrator, which was my assignment. I also ran the youth hostel, booking guests from all over the world who came to see the fabulous birds-of-paradise. I worked as chief cook and bottle-washer when the official one didn’t show up. It was good training for motherhood! My second year was spent on the Pacific coast, producing illustrations for the Lae Botanical Gardens and teaching squatter children in a school run by missionaries. Upon my return stateside, I taught school in Bryan, Texas and spent my summers as a botanical illustrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I illustrated numerous professional journals and obscure books.
I met my husband in College Station, Texas and we married the next year. Five years later, we moved to Queretaro, Mexico and lived there for two years. In this painting, my husband, son and daughter are strolling through a Mexican market. Gaining a firsthand understanding of other cultures has had an enormous impact on my life. In Abilene, I enjoy teaching English to refugees from Nepal. The kids and I will be traveling to Lima, Peru this summer to work in an orphanage there.
This picture of two of my favorite people in all the world has little to do with the presentation, except to demonstrate a fun transition made possible with a little sweat equity. For the Camtasia part, I made eighty separate slides, increasing the transparency in each one - it’s pretty cool.
As a home school mom, I worked from home as a portrait artist and painter, enabling us to provide our children with wonderful music teachers and instruments. We reaped the immeasurable benefits of a music-filled home. Kathryn is in high school. Dan is our EMT and lifeguard, majoring in Law Enforcement. Betsy is a Music and English Education major. I will add (brief) hotspots to each of the kids singing or performing, highlighting a moment for each of them that resulted from hours of practice.
My mom still knows how to slow us down and take the time to reflect and dream. I’ve learned to dream big! My current position at Abilene Christian University still feels like a dream. I was home from work with my daughters on a snow day in northern Michigan when the phone rang. It was Tina, the mother of my son’s roommate and the Lead Instructional Designer at ACU. She asked me about my professional background and two interviews later I was offered a job as an Assistant Instructional Designer. It is a very satisfying career – one which I am pursuing further. My skills as an artist are being used to add polish to our online programs. I have never met anyone in any continent who did not respond to pictures. Artwork as a teaching medium – has barely been tapped. My interest in communicating through art as well as writing makes me intrigued by sites like “ Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources for Teachers.” (http://www.teachingdegree.org/2009/07/05/comics-in-the-classroom-100-tips-tools-and-resources-for-teachers/). It is an advertising site, but has numerous useful links on it.
I plan to spend my life. Spend it well, and spend it all.
THESE LINKS WILL BE INCLUDED THROUGHOUT THE PRESENTATION IN CAMTASIA.
Sources All artwork used in this presentation was created by Sarah (Sally) Sanchez. The paintings were done in 2004, using acrylics on hardboard or canvas. The globe images (2011) were created on an iPad with the Whiteboard app. Software used: Camtasia and Keynote Useful educational websites: http://education.iseek.com “iSEEK Education is a targeted search engine for students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers.” It searches university sites, government websites, and other nonprofit web pages for information. http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com / This is a regularly updated blog about “new technologies moving education forward.” http://www.evernote.com Evernote is a very useful applicati on for quickly saving i nteresting web pages and articles. With a single click, the page is saved in a specified folder (including hyperlinks) to be read and/or cited later. The app can be added to all one’s computers and mobile devices. Information added from one will be synced with the others. http://learninginhand.com “Learning in Hand is an educator's resources for mobile learning. It was started in 2002 as part of Tony Vincent's classroom website. At first focusing on Palm handhelds, Learning in Hand now covers podcasting, iPods, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and netbooks.” http://www.w3schools.com is a great place to learn how to make a website - it is Active eLearning. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License .